Archive for December, 2009

End of Year Bitch Chores

December 31, 2009

You big agency guys have it made. You have “people”. Here in Hooterville, the end of every month is chaos, but the end of the year is nerve-wracking. We do our own bitch chores. Aside from the client billing that must go out (or no one gets paid), there’s the mind-numbing data to assemble for the bookkeeper  and the accountant so they can determine if we’ve made $5.67 more than we did last year. My eyes glaze over  in this endeavor and I struggle to focus.

Then there’s the paperwork from ’09 to file away and keep safe in a bunker somewhere,  in case a client might have a question like, “I thought we bought drive time in April last year”.  I open notices from the landlord and insurance assholes who explain why they are raising our rates. Decisions need to be made about a new copier and a new video camera (yes, we’re going high def here in Hooterville.)  To add to it all, my compulsive nature takes cleaning and purging to a whole new level. Offices are scoured, trips to the dumpster are made, and our office refrigerator is looking pretty nasty. Ditto the toaster oven. (Who put left over pizza in there and forgot about it???)

But, the phone’s been ringing and the January calendar is filling up. The new year looks promising for this small town agency. And for this, we are truly grateful.

Happy New Year… to you and your “people”.

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After this, I’ll stop…promise.

December 29, 2009

I really don’t give a damn about the Tiger Woods fiasco, but, over the holidays, the kids played this for us. Now I can’t get it out of my head. I sing it to myself on the way to work.

A Year Later

December 27, 2009

This blog is one year old today.

164 posts. 13, 844 views. Connections made to people I’ve never met. Some I’d like to meet, some too frightening.

I’ve vented, observed, shared, learned, whined, been humbled, gained experience, found, lost, laughed, gotten confused, cried, gained perspective, cut-and-pasted, contributed, and a helluva lot more. It’s really been for me, but if you been here, then you’ve gotten a peek into a world waaaaaay far away from the Big Agency World.  Very different, but in many ways, very much the same. We fight the same client issues, develop work along the same methods, struggle with the same creative blocks, and enjoy the same streaks of inspiration.

In Hooterville, (as I affectionately call it) we know our audience and write and produce to reach them. Not so different, really.

Thanks for visiting the other side.

The Best of You Tube

December 24, 2009

Everyone’s been talking about lists, summarys, the best of the decade, blah, blah.  I like this clip, though.  It’s kind of disturbing to me that I’ve seen most of these videos…I need to get out more.  (via) If This is a Blog then What’s Christmas.

Jesus is Everywhere!

December 23, 2009

I’m so amazed at people who have lost their senses, left ethical behavior behind and skewed their priorities because organized religion slithered into their being. Somewhere, deep inside the human psyche, we must have this innate desire for a higher power. Fine. But history proves that religion has missed its intended mark, if it had any to begin with. Millions have been murdered, raped, imprisoned because they didn’t believe their oppressors particular God. Organized religion preys on addicted personalities, reaching deep into their bank accounts in return for unseen salvation.  The “Bible in the Backseat” crowd swaggers, looking down their noses at the rest of us who are bemused by their arrogance. It’s about power, control and money, not about ethical behavior, honesty, and caring for your fellow human. And now, Jesus is everywhere…from tree bark to toast to TV screens. Check it.  (via The Browser. Thanks D)

New favorite quote: “God isn’t the problem…it’s her fan club.”

Tis the season to be cynical

December 22, 2009

Have we ALWAYS been this way?

One definition of cynicism I found was this: Cynicism was an ancient Greek philosophy, primarily concerned with virtue, whose followers were known as “The Dog Philosophers.” They believed that virtue was the only necessity for happiness and that it was wholly sufficient for attaining happiness.

Not exactly the way I would have described it. Today, nothing is sacred and everything is fair game. We’ll make fun of any thing, any one,  at any  time. With tongue stuck in cheek, we cleverly belittle, dress down, and criticize every chance we get. After awhile, it gets old,  creates animosity,  ill feelings, causing family’s to squabble and friendships to fray.  All this cynicism breeds distrust and soon, nobody likes anybody and we’re all so busy trying to be right, none of us are. Then, the Jesus Folks are so busy dishing out guilt and shame, we forget about common decency. Can’t we all just get along?

But enough about the advertising business.  My cynical spot truly enjoyed this:

Elin Woods gets a Decent Proposal

December 12, 2009

I haven’t stepped in to the Tiger Woods fiasco because a) It’s none of my business and b) I don’t care. But I have to applaud the chutzpah of one Kyle Verhovshek from Missoula, Montana who left this comment on NPR’s web site after the story broke about the world’s most famous golfer taking an indefinite leave from golf (to work on being a better husband, father and person….Uh-Huh.)  Folf?  Really? In case the you cant read the type:

Elin, if you happen to be perusing NPR… know that there is a man out there in Montana who will love you no matter what. Lose the zero, get with the hero. I’m more into folf than golf and will raise Tiger’s children as my own.
Sincerely,
Kyle

P.S. I’m poor, but you’re not… so everything will work out.

A Kosher Prostate

December 11, 2009

Nothing says you love your man quite like a Prostate Exam. Or as my 70+ rural step-father says: PROSTRATE.   Oy.   Happy Hanukah!

A great gift idea

December 10, 2009

Truly a must have for everyone on your Christmas list…including your unborn children.  I love “internetainment”.

I now pronounce you…

December 4, 2009

Again, Social Media takes on a whole new meaning. Love the minister: “It’s now official on Facebook and in my Book.” HA!

(via The LA Times)